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New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays Pick & Prediction JUN 22TH 2022

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With his team struggling at the plate recently and losing ground in the American League East, Tampa Bay's Isaac Paredes used his bat to etch his name in the organization's record book Tuesday.

The Mexican infielder slugged three homers and will look to keep up the power surge Wednesday when the Rays conclude their three-game series with the visiting New York Yankees in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Paredes, 23, became the first Ray to homer three times in the first five innings of a game and is the sixth player to turn the feat. Former Tampa Bay star Evan Longoria did it twice.


"That's a day he will not forget," said manager Kevin Cash of Paredes, who had seven homers in his first 87 games. "We knew we were getting a young, talented player."

Paredes was acquired in an April 4 trade that sent Austin Meadows to the Detroit Tigers.

In the ninth inning Tuesday night, Yankees skipper Aaron Boone got into a position he wanted to be in, sending Aaron Judge to pinch hit as the tying run with two outs. He lofted a deep fly to left, but Randy Arozarena recorded the out on the warning track to preserve the Rays' 5-4 victory.

"We'll chew on this one and try to win the series tomorrow," Boone said.

Judge will have his arbitration hearing tomorrow via Zoom.

"It's all business," said the slugger, who has 25 homers and 50 RBIs. "For me, it's plain and simple: I love this team, I love this organization and everything. But this is a business side of it that I don't like at times."

The Rays could use the punch of Paredes, who tops the club with eight long shots. In addition to Monday's 4-2 loss to the Yankees, the Rays -- now 3-6 against the division leaders -- suffered injuries that have sidelined 2/3 of their starting outfield.

Kevin Kiermaier (left hip inflammation) and Manuel Margot (right knee) were placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday. Margot, who paces them with a .302 average and is third with 27 RBIs, will undergo an MRI.

In their absence, the team called up infielder Jonathan Aranda (.310, 11 homers and 40 RBIs in 63 games) and outfielder Luke Raley (.299, seven homers and 25 RBIs in 24 games) from Triple-A Durham.

In his third start in 2022 and first at home, Shane Baz (0-1, 5.40) will try to win for the third time in the dome. In five career starts, the right-hander is 2-1, with both wins at home.

Baz made his lone career outing against the Yankees on Oct. 2, going 2 1/3 innings in a 12-2 Rays win the day before the 2021 season ended. He allowed one run on a single hit -- Anthony Rizzo's homer -- while fanning four and walking two.

In 12 career starts against the Rays, New York starter Jordan Montgomery (3-1, 2.72) is 4-4 with a 5.02 ERA. They have hit .257 with 11 HRs -- the most surrendered by Montgomery against any club.

Before Tuesday night's defeat, the Yankees claimed pitcher Albert Abreu off waivers from Kansas City.

In 11 relief appearances for the Royals and Texas Rangers this season, the right-handed Dominican hurler posted no record and a 3.46 ERA in 13 innings, with 12 strikeouts and 16 walks.

--Field Level Media

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New York Yankees vs. Tampa Bay Rays Recap MAY 29TH 2022

Ji-Man Choi and Taylor Walls hit solo home runs -- Tampa Bay's only hits -- as the Rays split their four-game series against the New York Yankees, beating the American League East leaders 4-2 Sunday afternoon in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Choi and Walls went deep in the second and fifth innings, respectively, off Yankees starter Luis Severino (3-1) to put the Rays ahead 2-1.

Starter Shane McClanahan (5-2) was effective but not at his sharpest over six innings. However, he allowed only one run and scattered seven hits, and his seven strikeouts increased his major-league-leading total to 81.

In winning for the fourth time in five May starts, McClanahan pitched out of big trouble in the second, third and sixth innings and held the one-run lead.

Standout reliever J.P. Feyereisen induced three flyouts in a perfect ninth for his first save since last May 31, also against the Yankees.

New York's Gleyber Torres was 3-for-4, homered and stole a base, and Aaron Judge (solo home run) and Miguel Andujar posted two-hit games.

Severino pitched 6 1/3 innings and yielded four runs. He fanned eight and walked two.

After winning two of the first three tightly-pitched games, the visitors got to McClanahan in the second as he struggled with the command and efficiency of his slider.

Torres took advantage by belting a 3-2 slider with very little break high to left field for his ninth homer.

Choi matched Torres' shot leading off the home second, slicing an opposite-field homer, his fourth, into the first row of seats in left on Severino's 95 mph fastball.

Severino, who didn't pitch from the stretch in the first five innings, was again hurt by the long ball in the fifth. The light-hitting Walls popped a belt-high four-seam fastball into the front row of the right field stands for his second homer and a 2-1 lead.

Without the benefit of a hit, the Rays used four walks and a hit batsman to add two more tallies to make it 4-1 in the seventh, with pinch hitter Harold Ramirez (walk) and Mike Zunino (hit by pitching) earning RBIs.

In the eighth, Judge cut it to 4-2 by leading off with his major-league-leading 18th homer.

However, second baseman Walls ended the frame with a spectacular, backhanded, run-saving play on Aaron Hicks' grounder up the middle to deny a run.

--Field Level Media

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